5 Good Best Man Speech Examples

Here are 5 Best Man speech that you can use as a template or just to get ideas on how you would write your wedding speech.  If you need more help in your wedding speech you can check out our ebook “Guide to Wedding Speech or Toast”

Best Man Speech 1

Before I get to the best man speech sample, let me tell you that the best man speech is often very light and humorous. Men generally like to stay humorous because it is simply easier to communicate and relax that way. The samples that I have put up are meant to be entertaining to the listeners and the bridal couple. I hope that you like them.

Good Afternoon Ladies, Gentlemen, Boys and Girls.

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is ________ and for those of you that do … well I apologize.

Foolishly, ________ has given me the great honor of being best man for him on this very special day. Let me just say how grateful I was to have been chosen to speak at such a joyous occasion, the wedding of ______and ______.

Unfortunately, those feelings have now gone out the window and I stand here before you … terrified.

Before I hand you over to ______, I would just like to say a big “Thank you” to the bridesmaids because they have done a marvelous job in helping _____, and look fantastic!!!!

In fact they are only eclipsed by ______ herself, who, I’m sure you’ll agree looks absolutely stunning today. The groom however, just looks stunned.

Right now I would like to ask both (the bride and the grooms name here) to take part in my speech. Bride will you please place your left/right hand on the table. Groom will you please place your left/right hand on top of Bride’s

I would like to ask you both to keep your hands in this position until the end of my speech and believe me ‘groom’ you will regret it if you don’t.

I would like to also thank you for finally admitting after all this time that I have known you, that I am the best man!

Instead of telling you a bunch of stories that can drag on forever, you will have to listen to my marital advice instead. I’m not sure I’m the best person to dish out advice! But I do have the following words of wisdom for the happy couple


  1. First, set the ground rules and establish whose boss – then do everything she says
  1. Second, Married Life Can Be Compared To Football … so, Be Fully Committed Every Week And Make Sure That You Score Every Saturday.
  1. Third, remember the 5 ‘ings’; the engagement ring, the wedding ring, the compromising, the children’s swing, and the enduring.
  1. Don’t forget, if you buy her flowers, she knows you’re feeling guilty, and she will remember, to the second, the last time you bought her some … AND the reason why!
  1. Lastly, there are three words you must never forget, ‘You’re right dear’.

For the bride

For you I have the 5 key tips to a successful marriage.

A man who will treat you right and always stand by your side

A man who will shower you with gifts and compliments

A man who will comfort you in times of trouble.

A man who will please you and grant your every request.

Most importantly, make sure Ensure that each man does not know the other ones names.

But really ______. you are one lucky man! You married ______ today.

She’s a beautiful, smart, funny, loving, and caring young woman.

She really deserves a great husband. Thank god she married you before she found one.

Have you still got your hands together? …. Good, good

I Spoke To Both ____ And _____ Before The Wedding And I Asked _____ What He Was Looking For In Marriage – He Said “Love, Happiness And Eventually A Family.”

When I Asked _____ The Same Question – She Replied – A Coffee Perculator!

Well, She Actually Said A “Perky Copulator” But I Knew What She Meant…

The final and most important task, of the best man is knowing when enough is enough and I think that that time has arrived as I look down at my girlfriend and see her with her head in her hands, wondering “what have I done”

It has been an honor and a privilege to be best man today. Thanks again for letting me have the job! And I honestly couldn’t wish for a better friend to be best man for.

I think you will all agree that today, _____ truly is the best man and apart from _____ being the most stunning person in the room, she is also the luckiest.

Now, in case any of you are wondering why I asked ______ to place his hand on top of ______, I will tell you now. _____ … as my final role, it has been with great pleasure that I have been able to give you the last five minutes in which you will ever have the upper hand over ______. Please stand up and raise your glasses to Mr. & Mrs. ****** !!!

Best Man Speech 2

Ladies and Gentlemen………. every now and then we have the opportunity to talk about a man of the highest integrity and honor – a man of achievement and action, with penetrating intellect and who is obviously destined for better things In life…………………Not today though, because this speech is about ______(grooms name).

On behalf of The Maid of Honor, and the two bridesmaids, I’d like to thank ___ for his kind comments and their gifts. It’s a pleasure to speak on behalf of such nice people, and I’m sure you’ll all agree – they all look fantastic today and have done a great job.

But, Ladies and Gentlemen, I must remember that we’ve been asked to praise groom today, not to bury him…………mind you, I must admit, the decision was close!

You see the thing is, Dan has been a good friend to me now for over twelve years. We’ve both been close friends, and partners in crime on numerous occasions, and in the quieter moments, a trusting friend to whom he tell anything to……….which, fortunately, has provided me with ample material for this speech.

Starting from the very beginning, groom was born in____ on ____1974. We did try to link this will some big world event, but it seems that nothing else happened on this day………….the day the staff at the Maternity Ward refer to as ‘Monkey Birth Tuesday.’

When doing the research for this speech, speaking to his parents, I expected there to be the usual choice of stories about _____ mishaps as a child, but to my shock there were none. When I spoke to his mother about his younger years, she described him as an ‘angel’. Going onto his schooling years, he was said to be a star pupil, with one teacher actually quoting “I wish we could have more like ____”

For a while, I couldn’t believe this was the same person, as in all the time I knew him at college he was certainly no pet of the tutor’s. He got thrown out of Mr Dowsing’s computer class so many times, that the tutor eventually used to take pre-emptive measures by throwing him out before the class even started….on the rare occasions he actually turned up that is!

______ regularly arrived late for lessons, and used to give a variety of excesses, but my all time favorite is when he returned late from lunch having been to the local pub, and claimed he had been held hostage in a Turkish Hairdressers.

After a bit of digging about I managed to find one of his old college reports, I read and was actually quite surprised, it sad “____ is an ideal pupil who excels in most subjects”……………………..oh hang on a minute it said “____ is an idol pupil who’s been expelled in most subjects”

It’s fair to say that at college, ___ wasn’t just falling behind…….he was actually getting lapped.

Here you can share a personal story about the groom and his behavior after meeting the bride. Perhaps share an anecdote about their early relationship days.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I won’t keep you too much longer so we’ll move to some advice for the newly married couple:

Groom, never be complacent, always keep an eye out for those little tell tail signs in your relationship……….like if you see the milkman wearing your socks. Just remember; it only takes a couple of words mumbled in church and you’re married. But it only takes a couple of words mumbled in your SLEEP and you’re divorced!

Ladies and Gentlemen, before we finish, there are obviously two very important people here today, without whom very little of this would have been possible – and the great thing is, as the evening progresses, most of us will get to spend more and more time talking with them. So please join me in a very special toast………….to the bar staff

Thanks for listing to this speech this afternoon….and as I said to the woman I lost my virginity to, thanks for laughing. All joking aside, ____ you’re a great guy and an excellent friend I remember so many laughs and good times we’ve had, I’m sure there will be many more to come. Thanks for giving us the opportunity, privilege, and honor of being you’re Best Man.

_______ you make a beautiful wife and I’m confidant you will make each other very happy. Let me just say from my perspective, ____ couldn’t be marrying a better man, and ____ couldn’t be marrying a better woman. I am extremely happy to have you both as friends.

So may your love be modern enough to survive the times, yet old Fashioned enough to last forever.

All that left then in to say (looking at the couple) _____ and _____, well done, congratulations and we really do wish you all the very best for your future together. To the bride and groom.

Best Man Speech 3

Ladies and gentlemen, getting married is a big step. You don’t take it lightly.

So I think it’s only fair to ask this question: Is ___ actually ready for marriage?

As it happens, the answer, I think, is “yes” – which is a relief, because I wouldn’t have enjoyed spending the next five minutes telling you that this wedding is all a big mistake.

So, seeing it’s good news, I thought I might tick off some of the reasons I’ve come to that conclusion. I think the best way to judge whether someone is ready for marriage is to run through this checklist:

Is he responsible?

Is he reliable?

And – last but not least – is he relatively sober?

Let’s start with the first one: Is Jim responsible?

A responsible person, in my book, is someone who is willing to say “The Buck Stops Here.”

And ____ has been prepared to say that more than once. So I think we can mark him down as marriage material on count number one.

Count number two, of course, is: Is he reliable? I think so.

You couldn’t say he has always been 100 percent reliable, I have to admit.

If you weigh it all up, though, I think you’d have to say that ____ has what takes to be a reliable family man.

So that makes two out of three. Responsible and reliable.

Now – what about relatively sober? Well, when he gets to his feet you’ll be able to see for yourself.

I suppose I could tell you a story or two about some episodes in his past where he wasn’t the most sober guy in the room, but I personally believe that it’s a shame to spoil a wedding that way.

You don’t really want to upset your family by having the sordid details of one or two of your less dignified moments announced on your big day. So I think we’ll just let that one by, ____, and score you, let’s say, 2 and a half out of three.

Which is most definitely a passing grade. So congratulations, ____. You qualify as a man ready for marriage, and you couldn’t have chosen a better person to share it with. it’s an honor to stand here today as your Best Man.

You and ____ make a terrific couple, and I want to wish you many years of love, laughter, happiness, success, and joy.

And I know that however things change, and whatever fate rolls your way, you’ll make the most of everything you have. God bless you both, and may the life ahead of you be all you have ever dreamed of.

Best Man Speech 4

I would like to thank Graham for his kind words on behalf of the bridesmaids who look absolutely wonderful and have done a fantastic job today.

I would like to start by complimenting the bride on how amazing she looks this evening.

As for Graham, well what can I say, we tried our best. It was of course a great honor to be chosen as best man. But from the moment Graham asked me it was clear that the best man speech would be the most challenging part of the day. If only because of having to select, only some, from the wealth of embarrassing stories of which I could choose.

So I had to prepare. I took my standard approach and indeed most men’s approach when faced with a problem they know little of nothing about. I bought a book and surfed on the internet.

Now for those of you who have had the pleasure of being best man will understand, the book found its way to the garbage almost before I got through the door. And, as I’m sure I’m not the only man in the room who has found far more interesting things to look at on the internet. I drew a blank.

The most reliable source of information would clearly come from the friends and family with whom he would share this special day. So buddy, I wrote down a few words with which some of them used to describe you.

A great friend; Thoughtful, caring, trusting and charismatic. In fact I barely found a person who had a bad word to say. Although, I did find some.

When I heard belligerent, ungrateful, lazy, stubborn and obstinate I thought hang on that’s a bit rough (maybe not entirely untrue but certainly a bit unnecessary for a best mans speech) ………….but if his parents don’t know him then who does.

When speaking to everyone I learned a bit about _______ childhood. I met him at university and knew little about how he grew up.

His sisters confirmed, what I had expected myself, that it was indeed from an early age that _____ had realized his appearance would be a fundamental part of his character. However, it appears that he struggled to find a style of his own.

(Embarrassing photo’s scanned onto slides for projector)

The other personality trait which everyone agreed defines Graham is his general obsessive ness. Whether it relates to his passion for his hair, his neatness, his formula 1 addiction or his obsessive talking which coupled with his unhealthy love of technology can form a lethal combination.

I thought it had been just me who had been subjected to marathon conversations about the racing specifications of the latest F1, his most recent upgrade of mobile phone, or the relative merits of all four championship manager football games. But it appears he has inflicted this to some degree upon all of us. But we love him all the same.

Having shared some of your thoughts with me. I will be glad to share with you some of my own experiences with _____. If you had supposed that there was a darker side to ____, you’d be right.

This is the time, where as tradition dictates, I would be failing in my duties as best man if I did not include some stories about masculine behavior and drinking ridiculous amounts of alcohol. However, stories like this can come across so easily as being juvenile and distasteful.

I have three good examples of such stories.

The first, _____, having been apprehensive about being dressed up for his 21st birthday was relieved to find that the costume chosen was that of a racing driver. Only to be horribly disappointed that the nipples and bottom had been cut out as we dressed him up ready for a night on the town.

Another good example would be ­­­­_____ first and hopefully last attempt at forming international relations with France. For which he supported by myself and many friends found himself on a booze cruise in France. After having been drinking for 24hours he was dressed up as Frenchman complete with a Berret, Stripey T-shirt and a String of onions. I think by the end of the holiday we had even gone as far as developing the stereotypical smell of the Frenchmen. A true ambassador of the country _______.

The final example would have to involve the events of the stag do in Prague of which I will only share only this. When confronted with an angry Czech police officer, who brandishing a baton and gun, has just stopped you for being drunk and disorderly – what do you do? It is braver man than me who when horribly drunk, dressed as a super hero, with an inflatable sex doll in one hand and with a ball and chain in his other answers to the question ‘What is your name’ with ‘I’m Batman’. Adam West would have been appalled.

Okay, none of that actually happened. However, that story certainly caught _____ lovely eye, just as she caught _____ eye. It was almost love at first site for _____

I’m not convinced that love blossomed as quickly on ____ part, as from his speech, it seems too had done with _____. I think the words I heard used were jumped up and overconfident. But I wouldn’t worry about that ____, I’ve heard him described as far worse things before.

And being the dedicated and work-orientated man that he is covered far more ground in the handover that I’m sure is outlined in any corporate handbook. And I for one am glad that he did as it was the start of a beautiful relationship which we are all here to celebrate today.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it has been a fantastic honor doing this job today. You’ve been very kind in listening to me. And, now I have just a few thank you to add.

Firstly, I’d like to join the groom in thanking ________ for being fabulous hosts.

Secondly, I’d like to thank the Zoo for giving ______ day release from the monkey enclosure.

I’d like to thank you all for joining the couple Celebrate this very special day in their lives.

I have one special thank you which I have had to add today. We had a minor disaster last night at ______ house. His trusted Best man, when ironing our shirts for the big day, managed to burn a massive iron mark on the sleeve of, guess who, but the Grooms shirt. Thinking quickly we swapped it with one of the Ushers. Judging by his face he has had no idea but deserves thanks for taking one for the team.

And finally, it gives me the greatest pleasure to invite you all to be upstanding and join me in toasting the bride and groom on what I’m sure will be a very long and happy marriage.

Best Man Speech 5

Ladies and gentlemen:

If there’s anybody here this evening, who feels slightly nervous and frightened, it’s probably because you just got married to ______!

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is ____ and it has been my job today to ensure that _____ was not himself. Which basically meant, punctual and sober.

I’ve known him for ________ years and I can honestly say that I’ve never seen him happier as when he met _____. She has not only changed his life for the better, but she has brought out the best in him.

I want to thank him for asking me to be his best man, because this is truly an honor. I’d also like to thank the families for helping them both prepare for this beautiful wedding. They are a great couple and I wish them all the happiness in the world. Ladies and gentlemen, would you please raise your glass and join me in a toast to the happy couple:

To the new Mr. & Mrs. XXXXXXX….may you have a lifetime full of health and happiness! Congratulations!

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